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Posted on January 20, 2014 in Mediation
If you are ready for a divorce, your first thought may be the courtroom. You know your spouse, and you believe that you will not be able to resolve your issues without some conflict. With this in mind, you may feel compelled to go to court. However, there are other viable options, which can help resolve significant issues of your divorce settlement.
Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process that helps disputants reach a settlement on their own terms. Instead of a more adversarial process, mediation facilitates communication via a mediator, and parties can reach an agreement that meets their personal needs and desires. The mediator does not make the decision for the parties. Instead, he or she helps parties communicate in an effective fashion. The process can help individuals address everything from property division matters to child custody and visitation issues.
The Huffington Post reports that mediation can be around $3,000 to $5,000. On the other hand, traditional litigation can be upwards of $30,000. Moreover, the goal of mediation is to reach a resolution that is favorable to all parties. This means there is no “winner” or “loser,” which may be the case in a traditional courtroom. You can spend thousands on a case and be completely unsatisfied with the court’s ruling in litigation.
Another benefit of the process, which is commonly misunderstood, is that individuals may incorporate professionals into the process. This means that if you need an expert, such as an accountant, to evaluate a particular issue, this is welcomed in not only the courtroom, but also the mediation setting.
The same goes for legal professionals. Maybe you are concerned about the repercussions of your decisions in the mediation setting. It is hard to trust your own judgment when you know that the consequences of the divorce settlement could affect the rest of your life. The good news is that you can hire an experienced family law attorney, who can help assess your particular situation and guide you through any decisions or statements made during the mediation process. Mediation, like traditional litigation, is enforceable. Therefore, a skilled professional can help ensure that your future is protected.
On the other hand, mediation is not for everyone. It often depends on the particular case. For example, if domestic violence were an issue of the relationship, mediation would not be practical. Nevertheless, there are several ways the process can be useful. If you are interested in this cheap and flexible option, contact a lawyer near you.